WWF Comments on APP Peat AnnouncementWWF-Indonesia welcomes APP’s retirement of 7,000 ha of acacia plantation in five areas in Riau, Jambi and South Sumatra provinces. Given that APP suppliers currently operate approximately 1,4 million hectare of concessions on peat in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the retirement of 0.5% is clearly only a very small step for a very big company.
The company has committed to restore and protect 1 million hectares, respectively of natural ecosystems in the general landscapes of their operations, in addition to government mandated conservation set-asides inside their concessions. These 7,000 ha are a first specific case of how APP will reach its 1 million ha target. WWF hopes many more hectares to follow soon and APP to succeed in the actual restoration.
WWF also hopes that APRIL follows APP’s example and retires concessions on fragile peat soils to meet its own 0.5 million hectares restoration target.
WWF welcomes the announced detailed LIDAR generated maps of Sumatra’s peatlands and hopes they will be transferred into the public domain soon. We all need to be able to better understand where urgent conservation action needs to be taken. These maps will likely prove invaluable for further conservation work across the island. Hopefully, the surveys can be expanded to cover the rest of the country’s peat soils.